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Keynote Speeches:


Prof. Ronald Tetzlaff,  Institute of Circuits and Systems, TU Dresden, Germany


Memristor Cellular Nonlinear Networks : Computing by Complexity 


Short CV:

Ronald Tetzlaff is a Full Professor of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering at the Technische Universtität Dresden, Germany. From 1999 to 2003 Ronald Tetzlaff was Associate Editor of the IEEE, Transactions on Circuits and Systems: part I. He was “Distinguished Lecturer” of the IEEE CAS Society (2001 to 2002). He is a member of the scientific committee of different international conferences. He was the chair of the 7th IEEE International Workshop on Cellular Neural Networks and their Applications (CNNA 2002) and organized several special sessions at circuit and systems related conferences. From 2005 to 2007 he was the chair of the IEEE Technical Committee Cellular Neural Networks & Array Computing. Ronald Tetzlaff is a member of the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) and the German Society of Electrical Engineers and of the German URSI Committee. Ronald Tetzlaff is in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications since 2007 and he is also in the Editorial Board of the IEEE, Transactions on Circuits and Systems: part II since 2016. He was Associate Editor of the AEÜ – International Journal of Electronics and Communications from 2008 to 2016. Ronald Tetzlaff was the chair of the 18th IEEE Workshop on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems (NDES 2010), the chair of the 5th International Workshop on Seizure Prediction (IWSP5 2012) , the chair of the 21st European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design (ECCTD 2013), the chair of the 5th Memristor and Memristive Symposium 2016, and of the 15th IEEE International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications (CNNA 2016). Since 2014 he serves as the leader of working group 2 (Memristor Theory, Modelling and Simulation) in the EU COST action MemoCIS (IC 1401) on Memristors – Devices, Models, Circuits, Systems and Applications. Ronald Tetzlaff serves as a reviewer for several journals and for the European Commission.


 Prof. Andrea Massa, University of Trento, Italy



Building a Smart EM Environment for New Communication Systems and Applications

MASSA Andrea (Keynote Speaker)
ANSELMI Nicola, BENONI Arianna, GOUDOS Sotirios, LI Baozhu, OLIVERI Giacomo, ROCCA Paolo, SALUCCI Marco


The exponential growth of mobile data traffic in last decades is expected to further increase in the next years, while all users are waiting to experience multi‐gigabit‐per‐second connections at any time. Towards this ends, wireless infrastructures for future generation “5G/6G+” mobile communications systems are required to guarantee unprecedented link performance levels, while minimizing the complexity, the power consumption and the cost of the architecture. Moreover, alternative solutions to the
approach “more information and data through more power and more emissions of electromagnetic waves” are mandatory because of the ‘electromagnetic congestion’. This can be done by implementing a “smart electromagnetic environment” as an update of the standard concepts of ‘wireless infrastructure’ and ‘wireless channel’. Indeed, while traditional communication systems focus the radiated power along the terminal direction to maximize the link quality and the information transfer by, for instance,
increasing the antenna gain and reducing the sidelobe level (SLL), the signal‐to‐noise ratio (SNR) maximization next generation multi‐user multi‐antenna architectures can be yielded by spatially distributing the power to constructively exploit the wave scattering phenomena in the multi‐path propagation environment, regardless of the gain, the SLL, or the grating lobes (GLs). On the other hand, the idea of the scattering/propagation scenario has to be changed from the role of ‘negative’ factor (i.e., an obstacle to the electromagnetic propagation) to that of a ‘factor to be exploited for propagating signals’ (e.g., the synthesis of a base station is carried out by including the propagation scenario within the design process) up to an ‘enabling tool’. Of course, implementing the ‘smart electromagnetic environment’ needs suitable processing tools and techniques allowing the mandatory ‘environment/infrastructure’ reconfigurability. This talk will review some on‐going activities towards the implementation of the ‘smart electromagnetic environment’ ranging from a capacity‐driven design of wireless infrastructures, the synthesis of the ‘smart skin’ for field manipulation, and the compressive‐processing of sensing and communication signals.


Short CV

Andrea Massa (IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, Electromagnetic Academy Fellow) he has been a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields @ University of Trento since 2005. At present, Prof. Massa is the director of the network of federated laboratories "ELEDIA Research Center" located in Brunei, China, Czech, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Perù, Tunisia with more than 150 researchers. Moreover, he is holder of a Chang-Jiang Chair Professorship @ UESTC (Chengdu – China), Professor @ CentraleSupélec (Paris - France), and Visiting Professor @ Tsinghua (Beijing - China). He has been holder of a Senior DIGITEO Chair at L2S-CentraleSupélec and CEA LIST in Saclay (France), UC3M-Santander Chair of Excellence @ Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (USA), Guest Professor @ UESTC (China), and Visiting Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA), the Nagasaki University (Japan), the University of Paris Sud (France), the Kumamoto University (Japan), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore). He has been appointed IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2018) and served as Associate Editor of the "IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation" (2011-2014). His research activities are mainly concerned with inverse problems, antenna analysis/synthesis, radar systems and signal processing, cross-layer optimization and planning of wireless/RF systems, system-by-design and materialby-design (metamaterials and reconfigurable-materials), and theory/applications of optimization techniques to engineering problems (coms, medicine, and biology). Prof. Massa published more than 700 scientific publications among which more than 350 on international journals (> 12.000 citations – h-index = 55 [Scopus]; > 9.500 citations – h-index = 48 [ISI-WoS]; > 20.000 citations – h-index = 80 [Google Scholar]) and more than 500 in international conferences where he presented more than 200 invited contributions (> 35 invited keynote speaker) ( He has organized more than 100 scientific sessions in international conferences and has participated to several technological projects in the European framework (>20 EU Projects) as well as at the national and local level with national agencies (>300 Projects/Grants).


Prof. Lazaros NalpandidisTechnical University of Denmark - DTU



Robust Perception for Autonomous Robot Systems



In this talk I will discuss about what defines an Autonomous System and how research can pave the way towards Autonomous Robots. I will argue that robust perception is key element to this direction and that the way to achieve it is through the incorporation of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for adapting and coping with un-foreseen situations. Finally, I will conclude with concrete examples from ongoing research projects where autonomous operation is being pursued on the basis of robust perception mechanisms.


Short CV:

Lazaros Nalpantidis is an Associate Professor of cognitive robotics and robot perception in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Before, he was an Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark, where he also served as Head of Section for Sustainable Production within the Department for Materials and Production. He holds a B.Sc. (2003) in Physics and a M.Sc. (2005) (with Honors) in Electronic Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received a Ph.D. (2010) in Robotic Vision from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. He has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS), Computer Vision & Active Perception Lab. (CVAP) of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Lazaros organized and chaired the 10th International Conference on Computer Vision Systems (ICVS 2015) in Copenhagen, co-organized various workshops on Cognitive Robotics, and has served as editor and guest editor in various journals on robotics and robot vision. He has been involved in numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, as well as Greek, Swedish and Danish states.



Prof. Panagiotis SarigianidisUniversity of Western Macedonia, Greece



Next Generation Internet of Things: Requirements, Applications & Paradigms



The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabled by heterogeneous technologies, devices, and platforms, working together towards providing efficient sensing, collecting, acting, processing, managing and analysing data. The emergence of the IoT concept has led to the pervasive interconnection of people, services, and devices. However, new systems in the IoT domain that employ smart solutions having embedded intelligence, connectivity and processing capabilities for edge devices rely on real-time processing at the edge of the IoT network – near the end user. Edge Computing is widely recognized as a basic technological pillar of the Next Generation IoT (NG-IoT). This innovation combined with distributed artificial intelligence and machine learning paves the way for the deployment of upcoming trends towards supporting and programming millions of new devices, which require the coordination and processing of huge amounts of data. NG-IoT systems and solutions require low latency and ultra-fast analytics, given that they bring advanced smart technologies and applications with embedded intelligence, connectivity, and processing capabilities. This talk will go through NG-IOT requirements, applications, and paradigms, supported by cutting-edge technologies like fifth generation (5G) communications, edge computing, advanced machine learning, blockchain, software defined solutions and network function virtualization, which aim at offering a new amazing world of ultra-high data rates, increased reliability and coverage, improved resource utilization, security, better cost efficiency, adaptability, and scalability.


Short CV:

 Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering inthe University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece since 2016. He received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2001 and 2007, respectively. He has published over 200 papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters, including IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Access, and Computer Networks. He has been involved in several national, European and international projects. He is currently the project coordinator of three H2020 projects, namely a) H2020-DS-SC7-2017 (DS-07-2017), SPEAR: Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid, b) H2020-LC-SC3-EE-2020-1 (LC-SC3-EC-4-2020), EVIDENT: bEhaVioral Insgihts anD Effective eNergy policy acTions, and c) H2020-ICT-2020-1 (ICT-56-2020), TERMINET: nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT, while he coordinates the Operational Program MARS: sMart fArming with dRoneS (Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation) and the Erasmus+ KA2 ARRANGE-ICT: SmartROOT: Smart faRming innOvatiOn Training. He also serves as a principal investigator in the H2020-SU-DS-2018 (SU-DS04-2018), SDN-microSENSE: SDN-microgrid reSilient Electrical eNergy SystEm and in three Erasmus+ KA2: a) ARRANGE-ICT: pArtneRship foR AddressiNG mEgatrends in ICT, b) JAUNTY: Joint undergAduate coUrses for smart eNergy managemenT sYstems, and c) STRONG: advanced firST RespONders traininG (Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices). His research interests include telecommunication networks, internet of things and network security. He is an IEEE member and participates in the Editorial Boards of various journals, including International Journal of Communication Systems and EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking.